Flagger Force Adopts SmartDrive Safety Program and Reduces Damage-Related Costs by 33 Percent
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 23, 2015 — SmartDrive Systems, a leader in driving performance solutions that reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, today announced that Flagger Force, an industry leader in traffic control systems for construction, reduced its incident damage costs by 33 percent as a result of implementing the SmartDrive video-based safety program. SmartDrive is a critical component of the fleet’s comprehensive safety program aimed at both new hires and existing drivers. In addition to achieving lower damage costs per mile, SmartDrive-equipped vehicles also support Flagger Force employees’ advancement along the company’s defined career path.
Based in the Mid-Atlantic region, and one of the fastest-growing work zone safety companies in the nation, Flagger Force specializes in short-term traffic control services. With 1,400 employees in the field and a fleet of 775 vehicles that serve as rolling advertisements for the brand, the company’s dedicated focus on bringing employees home safe every night has led to investments in robust safety training and technology solutions designed to reduce risk and improve driving performance. SmartDrive allows fleet managers to monitor and coach new drivers to ensure they adhere to best practices and collaborate with veteran employees to reinforce effective habits.
“When we had 100 employees, I was concerned about their lives. Today, with well over 1,000, I continue to worry about the impact it would have if we lost a colleague or caused a catastrophic incident in the field,” stated Mike Doner, co-owner of Flagger Force. “SmartDrive’s safety program gives us peace of mind, not only because we know exactly what happened in each accident, but also because we can proactively identify high-risk situations and coach our drivers to improve performance before a collision occurs.”
Doner and his management team continually look for new tactics, in addition to training, to protect the company’s most valuable assets—its employees and brand reputation. They turned to SmartDrive’s video-based safety solution to address the challenge head-on. With incident- and manual-triggered video recording, rapid access to captured footage, insightful analytics, and easy-to-use configurable coaching tools, the program enables more informed decision making, productive performance discussions with drivers and enhanced fleet safety.
Flagger Force uses SmartDrive footage to analyze incidents, exonerate drivers and as the basis for constructive conversations related to driving performance. Employees apply this information to their jobs on a daily basis, helping reduce the frequency and severity of accidents, while also attaining skills required as part of the company’s structured career development strategy.
“Mike and his team have done a remarkable job of seamlessly integrating the SmartDrive program into the fabric of their operation with impressive results,” stated Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive. “By reducing vehicle damage-related costs by one-third, Flagger Force proves that a focus on safety is great for the bottom line, and an investment in our video safety program delivers an immediate ROI.”
SmartDrive is the industry’s only multi-tiered video-based safety program that identifies unsafe driving with an extensible platform, integrating video, vehicle data, audio and driving data for a unified and comprehensive view of risk. The company’s SmartChoiceTM Program offers unmatched flexibility for fleets with a wide range of priorities, while ensuring that investments in video solutions are protected and can evolve as operational needs change and technology advances.
About SmartDrive Systems
SmartDrive Systems, the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s Customer Value Leadership Award for Video Safety Solutions, gives fleets and drivers unprecedented driving performance insight and analysis, helping save fuel, expenses and lives. Its video analysis, predictive analytics and personalized performance program help fleets improve driving skills, lower operating costs and deliver significant ROI. With an easy-to-use managed service, fleets and drivers can access and self-manage driving performance anytime, anywhere. The Company, which is ranked as one of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, has compiled the world’s largest storehouse of more than 80 million analyzed risky-driving events. SmartDrive Systems is based in San Diego, Calif., and employs 450 people worldwide.
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